BMW will preview its next electrified model for its i brand at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The reveal is expected to be a sedan concept, rumored to be named the i5. Rumors of a BMW i5 have been on and off in recent years as BMW expands the i brand.
A production version of the i5 sedan is expected in 2021. The new model will be part of a new electrified product assault from BMW that includes 25 plug-in and fully-electric models. BMW announced the plans for 25 electrified models at an event in Munich outlining the company’s ‘Number One > Next’ product strategy.
BMW chairman Harald Krüger confirmed one of the 25 new models will carry the i badge. He detailed the new car by saying, “It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully electric vehicle between the i3 and i8. It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future.”
The concept i5 is going to be one of four slated electric models BMW will have on display at next week’s Frankfurt show. The others are the Mini Electric Concept, an all-electric BMW X3 and a rumored second new i model known internally as the iNext.
Details of the i5 have been scarce at best. AutoCar has noted that sources say the i5 will carry an electric range of 311 to 435 miles. The production version of the car is expected to use BMW’s fifth-generation battery technology, which will utilize the next-generation of battery cell and electric motor technology for greatly increased range.
From a design perspective, the i5 is expected to be a four-door notchback car. Design influence from the BMW i3 and i8 models are expected as the BMW i range takes on its own design traits from the normal BMW range.
Future BMW i models are also expected to be at the forefront of the company’s autonomous driving technology. The company is expecting to offer the highest Level 5 autonomy by 2025.